Fighting poverty, finding new leadership for the police force, and providing job opportunities for Savannah's youth were the key themes of Mayor Edna Jackson's "State of the City" address Tuesday. Speaking in a nearly-full ballroom at Savannah's Civic Center, Jackson said the local economy is recovering. She touted expansions by several local businesses and the city's record-breaking tourism rate last year.
A Savannah tree-planting group aims to study how much shade Chatham County has lost after more than a decade of development. The Savannah Tree Foundation is focusing on the economic benefits of tree canopies.
The Georgia Supreme Court has given a jolt to dozens of communities. The justices ruled unconstitutional a process they've been using to divide up local sales taxes. Local officials are turning to the state for guidance.
Some campers finding "closed" signs at federally-operated campgrounds are getting their nature kicks at state parks. Some parks are seeing a slight increase in visitation because of the government shutdown.
Savannah's Chatham County is gearing up for a sales tax vote. But unlike in previous years, its prospects aren't certain. Last year's failed T-SPLOST referendum in the coastal region is energizing anti-tax forces.
Filmmakers producing a new Spongebob Squarepants movie are now in Savannah. The production office opened yesterday and will remain for a few weeks. City officials say the film won't be slowed by the suspension of a key bureaucrat.
Savannah residents involved in the city's diverse music industry told state lawmakers yesterday to expand their definition of arts funding. A panel dealing with music and the economy learned there's more to music jobs than live concerts.